Kevin Drum, political blogger for Mother Jones magazine, plays connect the dots with President Obama's about-turn on medical marijuana.
Citing coverage in The Rolling Stone, Drum points to holdovers from the Bush administration in the Drug Enforcement Administration but is quick to point out the U.S. Attorneys sending seizing property and money in California and Washington don't answer to or take orders from the DEA.
Drum adds that while the current administration maintains its position is "clear and consistent," its actions threatens to alienate the youth vote that voted the president into office.
In an update, Drum floats a theory by The New Republic's Tim Fernholz that Obama reversed his stance on medical marijuana when state governments requested information on licensing growers and distributers.